Archive for September 2nd, 2011

Fish Publishing International Short Story Contest 2011/12

2 September 2011

Please note: The 2011/12 Short Story Prize will open for entries 1st Aug 2011.

David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas, number9dream, Ghostwritten, Black Swan Green and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, will be judging the 2011/12 prize.

Fish Publishing runs the short story competition each year, the winners of which are published in the annual Fish Anthology. The Anthology is launched during the West Cork Literary Festival, July each year.

Roddy Doyle, Colum McCann and Dermot Healy, past judges of the Fish Short Story Prize, are honorary patrons.

The Fish Short Story Prize welcomes stories on any theme written in English, with a maximum of 5,000 words.

Fish has been running the short story contest since 1995. Publication in the anthology has been a stepping stone for many into successful writing careers. For a sample of these authors click Alumni, and for a sample of short stories published in previous anthologies click short stories

To view our catalogue of anthologies containing the winning stories from previous short story competitions click Fish Books.

Competition Summary 2011/12

Opens: 1st Aug 2011
Closing date: 30th November 2011
Results announced: 17 March 2012
Anthology published: July 2012

Judge: David Mitchell.


The winner and nine runners-up will be published in the 2012 Fish Anthology.

First Prize – €3,000 – (of which €1,000 is for travel expenses to the launch of the Anthology.)

Second Prize –
a week at the Anam Cara Writers’ & Artists’ Retreat in West Cork’s Beara Peninsula, with €300 traveling expenses.

Third Prize – €300

All those who are published in the Anthology will receive five complementary copies.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:


THE 2012 Gemini Magazine POETRY OPEN

2 September 2011

Grand Prize: $1,000

2nd PLACE: $100
3rd PLACE: $50
ENTRY FEE: $5 (up to three poems)

DEADLINE: January 3, 2012

All Six Finalists Will Be Published in
The March 2012 Issue of Gemini

prose poem free verse ballad

ballade rhyme haiku haibun

sonnet lyric elegy limerick

narrative pastoral acrostic

cinquain quatrain allegory…

Doesn’t matter what it’s called as long as it moves us!
We welcome work from widely published poets as well
as dedicated newcomers. Everyone gets a chance.

No restrictions on content, style or length. Simply send
your best unpublished poems by email or snail mail.

Visit the website for details :

The South African Writers’ Circle Short Story Competition

2 September 2011


GENRE: Short Story (fiction only)

CLOSING DATE: 31 October 2011

FEE: The entry fee is R45 for members and R55 for non-members. If you would like to receive a critique of your entry an additional R10 is payable. You may submit more than one entry, each with the prescribed fee/s.

Entries may be posted to SAWC Annual Short Story Completion, Competitions Manager, South African Writers Circle, Box 2342, Westville, 3630; or George at Each entry must be accompanied by an entry form.

Further information and an entry form can be found at:



1ST PRIZE — R1 000, the Frances Bond trophy and your story published in the SAWC Newsletter Write Now!

2ND PRIZE — R500.

3RD PRIZE — R250.

There are 5 HIGHLY COMMENDED ENTRIES — each win a SAWC pen.

2012 James Hearst Poetry Prize

2 September 2011

Entry Guidelines for the 2012 James Hearst Poetry Prize

  • First Prize $1000
  • Second $100
  • Third $50


All winners and finalists will be published in the Spring 2012 issue. 

Deadline: October 31, 2011

Entry fee: $20.00

All entry fees include a one-year subscription. This year, all submissions to the James Hearst Poetry Prize will be handled online through our online submission system. (Click here to access the submission system)

If you have problems with the online submission system or are unable to upload your submission, please call us at (319) 273-3026 for other entry options.

Rules: You may enter up to five poems in one file. No names on manuscripts. please. Your poems will be “read blind.” Simultaneous submission to other journals or competitions is not allowed.

If you wish to receive the list of winners, please state this in your cover letter and be sure to supply an email address. Winners will also be announced in the writers’ trade magazines and on this website.

Tips: We have noticed that long poems rarely do well — too much can go wrong in a large space. Poems that have reached the finalist stage in our competition in the past are typically one to two pages (often much shorter). Winning poems always balance interesting subject matter and consummate poetic craft. We value both free verse and formal poems in rhyme and meter — both open and closed forms.

Visit the website:

Questions? • 319 273-6455 • FAX 319-273-4326

Two Publishing Pros to Offer Fiction Writing Bootcamps throughout Southern California

2 September 2011
(Ventura, CA – August 30, 2011) Two literary insiders have teamed up to help budding authors craft novels that will catch the eye of an agent and publisher. Shelly Lowenkopf and Toni Lopopolo began the bootcamps with small groups this past spring in the Santa Barbara/Ventura area. Now they are expanding to a larger area of Southern California, bringing their accumulated knowledge as Executive Editors with Macmillan, St. Martins, Bantam and Dell, along with Ms. Lopopolo’s literary agency work, to help writers achieve their dreams of publication.

“We saw an enormous growth from the attendees at our first two bootcamps,” Ms Lopopolo said, “and we wanted to hone the skills of more talented area writers.” The camps are three-day intensives limited to eight writers who must submit up to ten pages and a synopsis in advance to be accepted. Currently there are three camps opening this fall:
September 23-25 in Summerland, CA at Café Luna
How to Read like a Writer & How to Become Your Own Best Editor      
October 14-16 in Pasadena, CA Location to be announced
– The Ten Most Common Mistakes First Novelists Make
November 11-13 in Agoura, CA Location to be announced          
  – The Real Story on How to Get Published
“So many people dive into writing without understanding that novel writing is not like a thesis for an English Lit class,” Shelly Lowenkopf said. “To be published, a writer must meet a high standard, one that is achievable IF you know where the bar is. Toni and I have been raising that bar for years and will now pass on our experience to new writers.”
Shelly Lowenkopf has held major editorial positions with Sherbourne Press (Editor-in-Chief); Dell Publishing (Director, Los Angeles office); Clio Books (Editor-in-Chief); Ross-Erickson (Editor-in-Chief); and, Capra Press (Advisory and Acquisitions Editor). He has seen over seven hundred books and hundreds of short story and essay projects through the publishing process.  Currently a freelance consultant and teacher, his clients include novelists, retired and active academics, and the humorist creator of one of the most popular television series of all time.  For over 30 years, he has been a fixture at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, running his famous nightly Pirate Sessions.

Lowenkopf taught courses in short story, novel, dramatic writing, editing, genre fiction, and revision at the graduate level in one of the most prestigious writing programs in America at University of Southern California, where he was given a Lifetime Teaching Award.  He is a past regional president of the Mystery Writers of America; His most recent book, The Fiction Writer’s Companion, is a guide to terms, concepts, and forms related to storytelling.

Literary Agent, Toni Lopopolo, brings a book publishing resume that began in 1970 in the publicity dept of Bantam Books, where she helped publicize authors such as Philip Roth, Barbara Cartland, Isaac Asimov, and Louis L’Amour.

She next served as Library Promotion Director at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, until Houghton Mifflin offered her a position in Boston as Marketing Manager, Paperback Books. Her big campaigns included Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins.  When Macmillan offered Toni the title of Executive Editor, she moved back to New York City and published Judy Mazel’s Beverly Hills Diet, Elvis 56 by Al Wertheimer among other hits. Next, St. Martin’s Press made an offer she couldn’t refuse; Toni became Executive Editor there from 1981 to 1990 and published Hot Flashes by Barbara Raskin and Rich and Famous by Kate Coscarelli plus Elsa Lanchester, Herself, by Elsa Lanchester, On The Other Hand by Fay Wray, as well biographies of Lillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy, and many other titles. She has taught fiction and narrative non-fiction writing at Temple University in Philadelphia.

In l991, Toni opened Toni Lopopolo Literary Management, then sold books for authors Sol Stein, Lee Silber, Lillian Glass, Steve Duno, Nancy Baer, Flo Fitzgerald, Judith Smith-Levin, Howard Olgin, Jeanette Baker, Larry Seeley, and many others.

To learn more about the bootcamps and the curriculum, visit:

Announcing the Les Figues Press NOS* Book Contest

2 September 2011

Announcing the Les Figues Press NOS* Book Contest
(*NOS = not otherwise specified)

Deadline: September 9, 2011
Judge: Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
Prize: $1,000 plus publication

Les Figues is accepting submissions for our first annual NOS Book Contest.  Les Figues publishes highly innovative work that often falls between clearly delineated genre-lines.  Eligible submissions include: poetry, novellas, prose poems, innovative novels, anti-novels, short story collections, lyric essays, hybrids, and all forms not otherwise specified. For more information about Les Figues, see:

Guidelines: Submit a manuscript of 64-250 pages with a $25.00 entry fee by September 9th, 2011. Electronic submissions only. All entrants will receive one copy of a Les Figues TrenchArt Series <>  title of their choice.

The winning manuscript will be announced in December 2011, with a fall 2012 publication date.

*Manuscripts by current and past students of Sarah Shun-lien Bynum will not be considered.